The Congolese government and the AfDB sign a contract to rehabilitate the RN1

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From Left to right the representative of the ADB and the CEO of OR exchanging the signatories under the supervision of the Minister of State Alexis Gisaro

Kinshasa, September 28th, 2021 (CPA), – The Congolese government, through the Minister of State in charge of Infrastructure and Public Works, Alexis Gisaro Muvunyi, and the African Development Bank (ADB), signed Monday September 27 in Kinshasa , a contract for the rehabilitation of national road number 1 (RN1), in its Kinshasa-Kikwit-Batshamba axis with a cumulative length of 622 (six hundred and twenty-two) km, within the framework of cooperation with this financial institution development, said a press release from the ITP ministry received Tuesday at the CPA.

The works are financed to the tune of 70,000,000 (seventy million) USD by the ADB. They will be carried out by three companies already selected and aim to guarantee traffic in all seasons by removing sloughs and potholes.

The Minister of State for ITP who presided over the ceremony, indicated that this contract relates not only to civil engineering works, but also in the context of its profitability, it includes a social and economic component. It is about the construction of schools; steps ; health centers and other infrastructure in the era of the project.

Feasibility studies for the asphalting of national road no.17 are also planned within the framework of the said project.

According to the source, the director general of the Roads Office (OR), Herman Mutima Santini, maintained that the rehabilitation works of the RN1 start next October and end in January 2023.

As a reminder, the RN1 is for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a backbone of the Congolese economy, because it connects the eastern part of the country through the city of Matadi, capital of the province of Kongo Central, and the western part by the province of Haut-Katanga, crossing the provinces of Kwilu, Kwango, Kasai, Kasai central, Kasai-Oriental, Lomami, Lualaba and Haut Katanga.